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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 22, 2007 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

OK, needed to get my head out of the tailspin into blackness that it was on following yesterday's "Series Of Unfortunate Events". I thought, why not take a look at a personal favorite from the earliy 80's, Seattle Coliseum 8/27/83? Sure, maybe it'll take my mind off things.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-08-27.aud.hinko.16439.sbeok.shnf

First off, the sound quality of the Aud is about as good as it gets. Full, crisp, and without too much distracting crown noise, just enough to let you know the fans are appreciating this fine show. Things start off with an OUTSTANDING Jack Straw. Jerry and Phil just rip this one up, Jerry's fingers are just flying and Phil is dropping Bunker Buster bombs along the way. We then get a very, very solid Deep Elem Blues (a personal fav not heard too often) with the highlight being Jerrys vocals which are about as good as you're gonna hear from this time. Up next is a Brother Esau which may be my favorite version that I've heard. The long lead in really highlights the excellent percussion work by Mickey and Billy and the whole song flows perfectly with Jerry tossing in some really nice work on the solos. Brown Eyed Women come next and, again, may be one of my favorite versions from the 80's. Jerry's guitar work is flawless and he even whips out one of his patented mid-80's growls for "...just to FIRE the still!". Next come a tune I can usually live without, Little Red Rooster. Well, this one is most certainly an exception. I even will say that Bobby's slide work on this one is really very good. But the highlights are certainly Brent and Jerry. Brent throws in his lines on this one (...you aint shit to me) and just rips up his solo start to finish, making you wonder how they ever survived without the Hammond. Not be outdone, Jerry jumps up and whips out a solo the likes of which I have rarely heard on this tune, just building it up to a majestic finish and giving me goosebumps. We then get treated to a very sweet Ramble on Rose, solid from beginning to end. At this point we get another Bobby tune that normally makes my skin crawl, Looks Like Rain. Well, this version is an absolute stunner. Jerry's final solo is as beautiful as it is powerful. Best I've ever heard on this tune. Then, continuing with the amazing quality, we get a Deal closer that again ranks up there with some of my favorites from the 80's, with Jerry's solos and vocal work at the end just jaw dropping.
The second set, while very good, is not quite the work of art that the first set is. The Touch of Grey opener is pretty rough, it being obvious that they are still working out the kinks on the tune. The Playin>Uncle John's that follows easily gets things back on track with some gorgeous spacey solos during the transition and the final jam out of Uncle John's. Coming out of Space we get Throwin' Stones. Again, this is a song that I can usually go either way with, but this version is really quite good with Jerry "throwin'" in some nice guitar work. Things end with a pretty danm good Black Peter into Saturday Night and then a Baby Blue encore.
In summation, the first set very much outshines the second here, with the second kind of being an average 80's offering, although the Playin>Uncle John's is quite nice. But the first set, for me, is a monster. Jerry's voice is crisp and powerful, his playing lightning fast and soul wrenching. If you've only got an hour or two to spare today, try the first set and see what you think. If I were to give a rating to the first set alone, it would be 5+ stars.

I'll throw in my standard disclaimer here that in no way am I using the term "best ever" anywhere; these opinions are purely personal. If, however, just one person is moved by this and gives the show a listen and is moved by it, then my work has not been in vain.

See, I feel better already!

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-01-22 15:09:00

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Poster: ducats Date: Jan 22, 2007 6:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

as always - thanks SDH. perfect timing - log in to find morning show + u put it in my lap!

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 22, 2007 6:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

Not a problem, I needed it very badly today and it seem to be working. Let me know what you think. I just love the quality of this one; its a case where I would take this over a clean sbd anyday. Happy listening.

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Poster: ducats Date: Jan 22, 2007 6:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

I prefer GOOD auds over sbd - gives u that sweat pouring off the rafters feeling.

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Poster: darkeyes Date: Jan 22, 2007 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

Listening to the Jack Straw. It's starting to be one of my favorite songs. Getting ready to leave work soon, but I'll give it some attention tonight. I have been listening to alot of 81, 82, and 83's lately and REALLY enjoy what Im hearing. Sorry SDH about your PATS.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 22, 2007 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

Its all good, I never thought we'd get as far as we did. Acutally, I'm pretty happy with the whole season.
Hope you enjoy that first set half as much as I do.

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Jan 22, 2007 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

DL'ed this show a while back and have listened to it several times...a real mind clearer, yupyupyup!

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jan 22, 2007 2:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

so...what you're saying is that this show is the greatest show played by any rock band in the history of music...

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 22, 2007 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Distraction: Seattle 8/27/83

Nope, just that this is a pretty good show played by one of the best bands in the history of rock and roll. I don't say one show is better or worse than the other except for "in my opinion only". To each his own. Like others here I will occasionally post my thoughts on a specific show that I happen to like. Others may or may not feel the same, I leave that to them. Read it or don't, up to you.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-01-22 23:03:12

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